Woody Guthrie was born on July 14th, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. He had a voice like a long distance train heard miles away. His songs have become the folk song standards of America. Among them: “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “Pastures of Plenty,” “Hard Travelin’,” “Deportees,” “Roll On Columbia,” “Vigilante Man” and, of course, “This Land Is Your Land.”
Read an excerpt from the essay “Branded Man”, originally published in 2003 by No Depression Magazine, about Merle Haggards music and the meaning we read into his songwriting.
Watch fourteen outtakes from Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound, including performances by Joan and interviews with Joan and Steve Earle.
The year 2008 was a landmark year for Joan Baez, marking 50 years since she began her legendary residency at Boston’s famed Club 47. She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable—marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for […]
In the summer of 1958, Joan Chandos Baez, a 17-year old high school graduate (by the skin of her teeth) moved with her family — her parents Albert and Joan, older sister Pauline and younger sister Mimi — from Palo Alto to Boston. They drove cross-country with the Kingston Trio’s “Tom Dooley” all over the […]
By: Colin Escott More than fifty years after his death, Hank Williams ranks among the most powerfully iconic figures in American music. Iconic to the point that man and myth are inextricably entwined. He set the agenda for contemporary country songcraft and sang his songs with such believability that we feel privy to his world, […]
WITH DIRECTOR MORGAN NEVILLE What got you interested in this project? What drew you to Hank Williams? Everything about Hank Williams interests me. His music, his life. His death. His impact. It’s the kind of subject that one hopes to find. Although there is a cottage industry in books about Williams, there has never been […]
“I believe that we are all connected on this very basic emotional level by music — by rhythm and harmony. But how can we begin to communicate if we don’t use a wider vocabulary? If we don’t speak in someone else’s language, then how can they hear you? So, I’m someone who speaks ‘broken music.’” […]